Christy aka Cool Kitty

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About Christy aka Cool Kitty

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  • Birthday 10/02/1968

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    About me: I am 44 years old, married, mother of 6, with 5 currently still at home. I am an RN, but I am now disabled due to a work injury to my back 5 years ago.
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    Dr. Patrick Coates
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    Memorial Medical Center, Modesto CA
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  1. I started taking Prednisone in September and now I am also taking Methotrexate injections weekly. The only side effect so far is i feel a little tired the first couple of days. My RA symptoms have decreased on the Prednisone but I have gained 10 pounds in 90 days. That is distressing to me. I am not gaining inches and all of my clothes still fit me. I am planning to wean the Prednisone as the MTX increases and controls my symptoms.My labs show that the Prednisone is controlling my inflammation (lower SED rate and CRP levels) I still want to lose weight and experience the joys of reaching onderland one day! I did not come this far to stop here! I hope you're RA is controllable and that the side effects are few!
  2. I experienced a similar thing. I had my period within the first week after surgery. It was heavy due to the blood thinners they gave me at the hospital but it didn't last very long. The next 5 months I experienced rapid weight loss and spotting between my periods. However my period was only 3 days long. They slowly changed to now being 25 days apart and lasting 5 days. They are so much lighter than before my WLS. I asked my doctor about this and the answer was that while I was rapidly losing weight there was a lot of Estrogen released from my fat cells. The extra Estrogen was altering my periods. I hope this helps.
  3. I thought I would give you my egg experience. I ate a lot of soft scrambled eggs in the beginning. My husband would prepare them with different toppings and give them different like "pizza" eggs (topped with Mozzerella cheese), "Mexican" eggs (topped with salsa), or an "omelet" (same eggs with salsa AND cheddar cheese... lol). You get the picture. Anyway I ate them almost every day and then one day at about 3 months out, I vomited after eating a scrambled egg and had to take a long break from them. I tried a nibble here and there and found the same intolerance. So now I am exactly 11 months out and I can finally eat them again. I have to eat them very slowly and listen to my pouch. When she says stop, I listen! Cheddar cheese helps me tolerate them much better and adds protein so it's a win-win!
  4. Wow Kimmie! You are doing great! I am inspired by your success!
  5. Hi there Patty. I want to share with you my experience. I had a PCP who was slow to refer me to a bariatric center in Modesto. After 5 months of prodding him and asking for a referral I called the bariatric surgeon's office directly only to discover that I did not need a referral!!! I was so mad at my PCP for ignoring my pleas. I am always frustrated by waiting for referrals. I will no longer wait around for some random person to fill out a form or fax something. I now get on the phone and bug them all...the squeaky wheel gets the grease! Maybe you don't need a referral from your PCP? I would look into it. And make a special appoinrment with your PCP to specifically discuss this topic! Don't take no for an answer. I will not be silent. This might only be their "job" but it is MY LIFE!!! Another thought. You are already jumping through the hoops. Part of this journey is the stuff you are doing right now. Keep pushing as if your life depended on it...because it does! Best Wishes. And Elaine, Where is PDX?
  6. Cinwa, Thank you for always posting such wonderful links. It is so helpful to me! You have such a wealth of knowledge and I appreciate your help! Christy
  7. I have tailbone pain too. Looking at your stats, we are similar in weights and surgery dates. Tailbone pain may be something we have to learn how to adjust to. I had a back injury in 2008 and WLS has not helped my problem, it is actually worse. Now I cannot sit on hard surfaces. I use a pillow in all chairs and on the couch too! I can feel my tailbone just under the skin and my sciatic nerve is pinched. I too have a disc problem just above my coccyx similar to Technogal63. I get steroid injections every 3-4 months that are helpful for short periods of time. A few weeks ago I went to San Francisco with my family and had to take lots of pain medicine just to make it through the day. I did not walk around but we were sittting all day. I was in tears for the entire 2 1/2 hour car ride home! I am about to see a new doctor who is a pain management specialist. I have really high hopes that she can help me! I have no regrets about WLS. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I have experienced so many changes since surgery...both good and bad. The good far outweigh the bad!
  8. I was over 330 at my highest weight. How much over that I do not know because my scale was pegged out and I didn't go to the doctor much. Anyway, the day of my surgery I was 308. I am 7 months out and I am chiming in to say this. I have not regretted my decision to have RNY at all. It was the right decision for me. I was scared of dying on that surgery table but EVEN MORE SCARED of not having the surgery. I was dying a slow and agonizing death. I knew I could not lose the weight without this surgery. I had all of my eggs in that one basket...and I was banking on it working. I was so sick of being sick! I think that feeling led me to just throwing myself into this with my whole heart! It also helps me stay on track now. I have gone without those old foods that I thought I loved and could not live without...only to find that I am stronger than I ever knew! I cannot exercise because of an old back injury...but I can choose what goes into my mouth. This surgery has given me the tools I needed to LIVE and NOT DIE. Knowing what I know today I would do it all again tomorrow! I have no regrets. This surgery works. It works best if you put in the work it takes afterward too. It is not a slam dunk. It does take effort but the rewards make it all worth it. You quit smoking. I quit 11 years ago so I know what effort that takes. I believe you have what it takes for this surgery too. We are here to support you no matter what you choose...but I cannot say it loud enough...Please, TAKE IT! Take this opportunity to live! To enjoy the life you have been have quality AND quantity! Best Wishes!
  9. Hi December 2012 friends! It looks like we are all doing great! I am still not able to see my weight loss in the mirror. Weird! I have lost exactly 90 pounds since my surgery date and more than 112 since my highest weight. It all seems surreal. I think my weight loss is not as apparent because it didn't improve my back problems. I know there are so many good things too. I have NO REGRETS! Please don't get me wrong. I would do all of it again tomorrow if I knew I would have these results. I'm just not as able bodied as I had hoped going in to this surgery. Some of the good things: I no longer need my Bipap machine No more blood pressure medicine. I have weaned my Lyrica down to 75 mg once a day (I used to take it 3x per day). My neuropathy is worse because of lowering my dose but this medicine causes weight gain and I want to maximize my weight loss efforts, so I have to bite the bullet on that one! I am about to see a pain management specialist (Aug 2) and I am so excited to have a fresh perspective! I just got my disability approved after a 3 year battle...and I didn't have to get an attorney! I am proud of that fact! I did it myself...and avoided attorney fees. I only wish it hadn't taken so long! We are getting ready to attend our family reunion next weekend. I haven't seen many of them for a few years (when I was at my heaviest). I am looking forward to seeing their faces when they see the changes in me! Other good things to come... Thinking about starting a WLS support group in my area. There are so many people I have met in this town and we have no local group! Carpal Tunnel surgery, maybe as soon as August!!! Starting weekly Allergy shots (for the next year) so that I do not need steroids or die of sudden anaphylaxis. I hope to be able to wear eye makeup year round! Buying a car by the end of the year. I have had my Suburban since 2003! Buying a house within the next year. No more throwing away money on rent! Plastics??? Vow renewal ceremony in 2016? Thanks for listening! I hope all of you are also enjoying your journey too. Best Wishes!
  10. The only way to avoid this is to measure, measure, measure. It really helps your brain and new pouch connect and realise when you are almost full instead of overeating because it tastes soooo good and then oops, it's too late and you're miserable! A huge portion of this journey is changing our perceptions. There are good reasons for the "rules". They protect us from failure. I am sure you did not break your pouch. It was an honest mistake. The most interesting part of this journey for me (so far) is the evolution of my brain. I am amazed at the difference in my thinking! I cannot pin-point when it occurred, but it has! Measuring helps me stay on track. I would also encourage you to keep a journal. It is been vital to my success. It also has an element of accountability. Best Wishes!
  11. I had the same symptoms for about 3 weeks after surgery. (I lost 29# in those first three weeks...most of it was fluids). I had Orthostatic Hypotension...which is related to fluid shifts. Here is how it works. When we are sitting our heart is still pumping blood to our extremities but we are essentially cutting off our circulation by being in a seated position. When you stand up the fluids are not balanced between your upper half and lower half. When you stand up, the sudden fluid shift can cause low blood pressure and a dizzy feeling. Some people even black out from this. After you are standing for awhile, your circulation evens out again and the dizziness goes away. The easiest way to deal with this is to "dangle" your legs over the edge of the chair or couch or bed. If you sit at the edge of the surface, the fluids begin to shift slowly and there is no dizziness. I had to stop taking my BP medicine. I still sometimes have bouts of elevated BP, but I avoid the medicines because they "bottomed me out" every time. Here is a Wikipedia definition. "Orthostatic hypotension, also known as postural hypotension,[1]orthostasis, and colloquially as head rush or dizzy spell, is a form of hypotension in which a person's blood pressure suddenly falls when standing up or stretching. Medically it is defined as a fall in systolic blood pressure of at least 20mm Hg and diastolic blood pressure of at least 10 mm Hg when a person assumes a standing position. The symptom is caused by blood pooling in the lower extremities upon a change in body position. It is quite common and can occur briefly in anyone, although it is particularly prevalent among the elderly, and those with low blood pressure." I hope this information is useful for you.
  12. Prayers going up for you tonight, as requested. I hope your surgery and recovery are easy! Take some photos now so you can compare them later. I am 6 months out and still so glad I did this surgery! Take some deep breaths and smile, the best is yet to come!! Speedy recovery!
  13. I used broth, water, sf jello, sf popsicles, and herbal teas. My surgery was in December so I really enjoyed warm liquids at the time. Having liquids that I enjoyed helped me reach my 64oz goal each day! I also find that if I hold my water bottle in my hand while I watch TV, I remember to sip it better than if I set it down next to me. Chin up! It does get easier!
  14. Congrats! Welcome to the WLS family. I remember my first few days like it was yesterday. It is a crazy, wonderful adventure and the best decision of my life! Best Wishes!
  15. First of all congrats on your weight loss! I am only 6 months out but I clearly remember my first stall! It helped me find this forum! It is very normal for your body to take these breaks and sort of regroup after all of the crazy changes! I found my monthly cycle also needed adjustment time as well ( just a heads up). When I went from pureed to soft foods, and then to regular foods, I found it opened up another world of food options and my body had to adjust each time. I have had many times where the scale didn't seem to budge but then suddenly it would move. Crazy enough, I found my stalls were sometimes related to not eating enough calories. Too many is not good and neither is too few. That's where my next point comes in. One thing that I highly recommend is keeping a food journal. I keep a tally of everything that goes into my mouth. Food, fluids, meds, vitamins, everything! It is the best tool for tracking changes. I can see areas that need improving because there is also an element of accountability! I decide what goes into my mouth. I decide each day to drink enough water. I decide to follow the rules and I really do see the changes as I look back in my journals. Please do yourself a favor and keep a log. It will be very helpful when you go see your doctor or nutritionist. I hope you remember one thing..."Trust the Process". Follow your doctor's rules because they are there to help you find success (even though at times the rules seem like torture). Best Wishes! And welcome to the "family"!